120 PRM (Passengers with Reduced Mobility) attended an open day hosted by Edinburgh Airport last weekend, 3rd February.
The day was to demonstrate the features, benefits and services the airport has in place to make air travel easier for less mobile passengers.
Priding itself on its features for PRMs, Edinburgh Airport’s open day was hosted by Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Dewar and Matthew Wilson, Accessibility & PRM Contracts Manager, along with Graham Race, Tryb4uFly’s QEF; Andy Wright, Accessible Travel and Leisure MD and disability advocate for OmniServ – all experts in the field of disabled flying, and the challenges it can hold.
The day focused on a wealth of issues, such as suitable destinations for the less able, with the Mary y Sol Aparthotel in Christianos, Tenerife being a particular favourite, along with correct travel insurance, flight bookings, the airport’s special assist service from OmniServ, airport parking etc.
The day was a great success, with Andy Wright commenting “Today has undoubtedly exceeded all our expectations. The feedback I have received from the delegates has been outstanding, many of whom didn’t even think they could travel due to the nature of their disabilities. They have gone away with an amazing amount of knowledge on gadgetry, process, procedures and airline policy. I truly hope we are able to continue this initiative around the country.”
OmniServ’s General Manager Marc Buckle went on to add: “We are thrilled that today has been such a success and are delighted at the turn out. To be able to demonstrate our equipment to the actual people who will benefit from it is normally very difficult so this is a perfect occasion to showcase the different possibilities available to PRMs, which ultimately adds to the total passenger experience. To reiterate what Andy Wright has said, we welcome the opportunity to roll these events out across other airports in the UK.”